Nisarga Yoga of Nisargadatta Maharaj

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897 – 1981), renowned spiritual teacher and the founder of Nisarga Yoga, did not ask anybody to follow any particular path. He just told those who came to listen to him to be what they were, in their natural, spontaneous state. He taught his disciples to stabilise in their beingness (also called ‘I am-ness’, consciousness) for beingness to reveal its Source (the Self), our ultimate origin. This is the practice and purpose of Nisarga Yoga.

The word ‘Nisarga’ means ‘natural’ or ‘innate’. Nisargadatta used the word to signify our natural state prior to erroneously identifying as a finite body and mind with its many struggles and ills. We feel separate from our true Self, and we are trying to become reunited; that is Yoga. Yoga means ‘uniting’, it provides a bridge, a link, a fundamental means of connection.

Nisargadatta didn’t deal with any physical disciplines. He said by performing physical Yoga, such as asanas, certain satisfaction can be experienced, but this is not spiritual knowledge.

Nisargadatta Maharaj taught no path, gave no instruction, no method, no technique. He said we are already whole. We feel we are two: there seems to be a ‘me’ here and a world out there. We must understand we are not two, we are “Advaita” (Sanskrit for ‘not two’). In Nisarga Yoga there is nothing to practise. To know our true Self, we need only be.

“A life lived thoughtfully, in full awareness, is by itself Nisarga Yoga... being fully interested in one's life...” “Living in spontaneous awareness, consciousness of effortless living...” “Meet your own self. Be with your own self, listen to it, obey it, cherish it, keep it in mind ceaselessly. You need no other guide. As long as your urge for truth affects your daily life, all is well with you.”
- Nisargadatta Maharaj

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